What Is the Role of an Import Broker?

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The import of goods into the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are subject to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. Generally, the goods must be officially entered into the country by being declared to the CBP, and may be detained and inspected by CBP officers to confirm that they are in compliance with CBP regulations and laws.

Role of Broker

  • Import, or customs, brokers assist with the official process of importation. They must be licensed by passing the CBP-administered Customs Broker License Examination, which consists of 80 multiple-choice questions on topics such as customs law, customs tariff schedule, import regulations, customs classifications and trade documentation. These brokers act as agents for the importer, preparing and submitting the required documents, along with any necessary fees, to the CBP in order to expedite products through the customs procedure, ensuring that the items meet all regulations and laws.

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